Australia - Back to Perth

Trip Start Dec 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, April 3, 2006

Day 1

In an attempt to make an early start we set the alarm for 7am but found that our reluctance to get out of bed outweighed the persistence of the alarm so we finally awoke at 9:30 and got on the road by 11am.

En route to Perth we encountered a remarkable number of kamikaze dragonflies (PIC) and made a quick stop at York (PIC) but a quick drive around the pretty little town unearthed nothing of real interest to keep us there so we swapped seats enabling Andrew to speak to his folks and continued on to Perth.

Arriving in the 'big smoke' we called in at Hotel Northbridge to pick up some post and then headed out for a Thai restaurant that we had our eye on during our previous stay in Perth. After a gorgeous meal and relaxing evening we returned to Hotel Northbridge to grab a quick nightcap from the bar before parking up for the night behind the hotel; an area we knew would be relatively safe and quiet.

Day 2

Cheekily we used our nearby hotel for a quick shower and other morning duties before heading out for the day. Parking up in the centre of town we found a nearby opticians and booked Verdi in for an appointment later on in the day. Meanwhile we did a bit of necessary shopping and a lot of necessary internet-ing until the time of the appointment came upon us.

With the appointment over and a new set of contact lenses ordered (just as expensive as the UK) we took advantage of the 'Cheap Tuesday' cinema offer and went to watch 'V for Vendetta' - a great film if you haven't seen it!

As the evening drew in we returned to our quiet spot outside Hotel Northbridge and set up for the night. Sneaking into the hotel to use their toilet facilities once again we were greeted by an unexpected guest. First Verdi chatted to her whilst waiting in the kitchen / TV room and then Andrew cames across her in the Gents toilets! 'She' was a local prostitute, obviously having just finished with a 'client' when Verdi bumped into her and just in the middle of topping up the drugs in her system when Andrew bumped into her - perhaps this area wasn't so safe!

Escaping as soon as we could back to the confines of our van we laughed about our joint discovery as we bedded down for the night. Soon after turning our lights out we were aware of a few men hanging around in the side alley we had chosen to park. A quick peek out of the window showed that they were there dealing drugs - luckily they went about their business with minimal fuss and left soon afterwards. Perhaps this area really wasn't so safe!

Day 3

Deciding that the previous nights encounters were unlikely to be around in the morning we opted to use the facilities at the Hotel Northbridge once again. Clean and ready to start the day we ventured again into town and utilised the same convenient, if expensive, parking space as the day before.

The first stop was to get Verdi's hair cut, the first time since we'd been away! The second stop was to get Andrew a new pair of flip-flops as the others had been worn to the point of no recovery.

Spending a few more hours on the internet we attempted to catch up with our travel blog but, as you will tell if you are an avid reader, we didn't quite get up to date (this is currently being written just over 3 weeks behind!). Once again we were encountered with the 'darker side' of Perth's residents; the bloke next to us was a filthy old oriental guy who sat at his computer most of the day editing pictures of semi naked women, all the time whispering (not too quietly) about womens private bits! Time to get out of Perth!!

Lunch was a novelty as we happened upon a Korean BBQ restaurant and not really knowing what we had ordered, sat down to enjoy the lunchtime special. Whether it was dog, cat or any other domestic animal we do not know - what we do know is that most of it was pretty tasty, good value and better still the place was frequented by numerous other Asians so it couldn't have been too bad.

Continuing the 'trying something new' theme we stopped off at a juice shop and had a Wheatgrass shot each with our smoothy. It actually tasted like concentrated raw peas but is supposed to be vitalising and cleansing - we'll see!

We spent the early afternoon in a small Art Deco cinema in the centre of town and watched 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. The cinema was a real treat; old and beautifully decorated and restored, but with the modern advantages of Dolby Surround Sound - and Tea and Coffee, now you don't get that in many cinemas!

Returning to the internet cafe for a while we were greeted again by the old pervert but managed to sit further away from him this time. Another couple of hours tapping the keyboard and we gave up and headed for Freemantle.
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